The compact sedan gets a handsome new face inspired by the Kia Soul, but the biggest enhancements are in the cabin.
After seeing the hatchback in Paris last year, Kia finally debuts the 2018 Rio sedan at the New York Auto Show.
The new front end looks heavily inspired by the current Kia Soul's face.
The automaker's signature Tiger Nose grille shape blends into the headlamps here, making the front end seem much wider, despite growing by less than an inch.
The new face is much more upright than the previous generation and seems to almost meet the hood at a 90-degree angle.
I'm digging the bold front end, but the rest of the body is fairly econobox boring.
The wheelbase has stretched by less than half an inch. At either axle, the Rio rides on new 15-inch wheels.
Inside, the Rio sees the biggest changes with a new cabin that brings the fit and finish to modern levels.
At the top trim level, the subcompact is available with a 7-inch color UVO infotainment system that brings Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity along for the ride.
Under the hood, the Rio carries over the same 1.6-liter, 130 horsepower engine from the previous generation.
Power reaches the front wheels via either an automatic or manual transmission. Whichever you choose, the Rio offers six forward ratios.
Pricing and economy haven't been announced, but we can expect more details closer to the launch later this year.
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